In the name of inclusivity and building up the community, we felt it would be awesome for league members to share some insight into their sim racing activities. We would like to make this a regular thing, so please send the admins a message if you’d like to be featured!
First up, Michal Nizio, who was more than happy to share with us to kill some time on a trip back from Poland!
Michal has been sim racing for about 5 years and described some of his early experiences;
“I have been playing various sims such as Live for Speed and Assetto Corsa since 2013. From 2013 till 2017 that was really the period when I did it for fun. I liked to drift and still do. Since 2017 I took Sim racing to competitive level. It was my first contact with rFactor 2. I raced in a polish league called IRG World where I raced in an F1.”
Like so many in the Sim racing community, following motorsports outside of Sims is a real passion for Michal. Sims can provide a great incentive to different forms of motorsport people didn’t even know existed! Certainly Michal’s opinions on the current state of Formula 1 are shared by many in the community;
“I watch different real life series and the most common are endurance series such as BES, WEC and ELMS. I enjoy watching these series… I see many strategies unfold over a race. F1 is not the most liked motorsport in my house as it’s all money and luck. Some drivers are fortunate to win and others not. Such an inconsistent sport and I don’t care that it is the pinnacle of motorsport. Cars are too rigid and can be broken with press of a finger. Compare that to endurance and how much the car goes through over 12 or 24 hours it shows the cars are beasts.”
Michal mentioned that his favourite driver was Nicki Thiim given the entertainment value he provides both off and off track. He was keen to talk about his equipment (which sim racer isn’t?!)
Certainly his equipment specs are impressive;
i7 7700K Kaby Lake 4.8GHz(OC)
Zotac AMP Extreme Edition 1080Ti 11GB Team Group Vulcan
DDR4 16GB 3300MHz
Windows 10 Pro
Keyboard: HyperX Alloy FPS
Mouse: ZOWIE EC2-A
Headphones:HyperX Cloud 2
Pedals:T3PA PRO Pedals
Monitors ×3: Samsung S27 (Whatever model, don’t remember)
Michal explained that rather than a build-it-in-one-go type of project, his set up has been added, edited and refined over a number of years. He feels that in his case better equipment resulted in better lap times.
“My rig has come through many revolutions for the past 5 years as I started with a G27 and a 42inch TV in my bedroom. I was sat on a wooden stool trying not to fall off the seat when I was countering a slide or something else.
Two years (2015) after I built a simple rig from wood and had triple screens with my G27. That was a significant improvement.
After another 2 years in late 2017 I purchased a GT Omega Racing Cockpit with a T500RS wheel. Another mind-blowing improvement and experience. It started to look like a proper rig. I gained few more seconds. I was happy and I’m still happy how the equipment served me over the past 5 years.”
Michal has some enviable upgrades on the way however. He is planning for some Heusinkveld pedals to address what he feels is a lack of response and consistency in his current setup. A Direct Drive wheel is also on the wish list!
All who have raced against Nizio can attest to his speed and skill, we asked what his secrets were;
“The way I setup my car is usually loose suspension, but I like my diff to be stiff and stable on and off power. I usually learn the car and try to whip the rear around the apex and make it point forward as quick as possible. I am not a fan of understeer. Compare me to a F1 driver I use the line of Vettel and Kimi. I like to carry more speed to the corner to be wider on the apex but to compensate on the exit and get more top speed.”
Given his experience in Sim racing Michal had some tips for those new to the sport;
- Find your class to race in: Are you an open wheeler maniac or an endurance animal. PICK THE CAR YOU LIKE.
- Find the right community. Find a community that is willing to let you improve and help you on your journey. All of us were at this point and none us were competitive straight in.
- When you enter a race aim low. Don’t get yourself down because you didn’t win. Be happy to finish the race and go as fast as you can manage. Even if you’re last try to aim to gain one position and be happy and enjoy each second of your lap.
- Don’t be greedy on the track. Take it slow and respect other drivers. They can be faster than you and you don’t win a race in turn 1 (unless it Formula 1).
- The longer you stay in the simracing community the more experience you will gain not just on track (driving) but off track (setting up the car).
Finally, the perennial comparison of Senna versus Prost… Michal was pretty clear which he preferred!
“Senna is a synonym for speed. He was fast on track and he knew what to do. He knew what was wrong and right (mentioning that incident in the Casio chicane with Prost). I don’t think it was Senna’s fault as Senna could always put opponents in a position where you could crash. Beside that; no one can bash the throttle with the frequency he did it at and he could keep the turbo spooling. Prost couldn’t do that… so it’s two-nil for Senna. Senna always wins.”
Thanks to Michal for his insights!
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